"2018.06.20 duet with Spat Cannon — Leeds, England — via Skype": Starting on January 1st, 2018, I began making a movie every day of me playing (M)Usic. The plan was to shoot one every day of 2018 & to string together excerpts from each of them in chronological order to make a feature-length movie to be called "365". Along the way I decided to compile monthly reports named by month & year, e.g.: "January, 2018", & to release these online a month after they were done. Hence, "January, 2018" was uploaded on March 1, 2018. I started thinking about each month more & more thematically. "May, 2018" became my piano month. "June, 2018" is my duets month. It was difficult to find 30 local people willing to play a duet with me to meet my goal of a different duet for every day in June so I contacted people in my international contacts to somehow make a duet together — using Skype or some other means. We've been playing the duets for as long as they take, spontaneously deciding when they were over, & then I've been excerpting roughly :20 to a minute to use in "June, 2018" & "365". At 1st, each movie that I made documenting each duet was thought of as little more than raw footage but, gradually, they started seeming like significant works in & of themselves. SO, after I'd edited the footage I shot with Michael Pestal via FaceTime, I decided to declare each movie to stand on its own & to break my pattern of waiting a month to post the monthly footage to post one of these daily duets every other day starting on June 16th, until mid-August when all of them would be uploaded. This 20th one features Spat Cannon, at one time one of my closest collaborators in Pittsburgh. We both participated in, e.g., the ill-fated cheerful celebratory May Day Parade in Pittsburgh's financial district where the police rioted & did their usual lying & kidnapping & assaulting. Spat was one of the masked nudists in my "CircumSubstantial Playing & Blindfolded Tourism", one of my all-time favorite (& most elaborate) 'performances' — done in collaboration with Pittsburgh's amazing Mattress Factory. He was a member of HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative). He was a regular attendee of the mms (m(usician's)m(eetings)) even after he moved away to Leeds. His band Zout has tracks on the 1st MM CD: "MM 26". As was so often the case with the duets played over the internet, our ability to heard each other was a bit garbled but that helped turn this into a call-&-response situation. Spat played electric stand-up bass & I played piano (with my "Template #1" imposed upon it as a limiting factor). Spat has written a fictionalized autobiography called "Press Here and it will all Make Sense" that you might want to read. On a different note, I often explain to people that I'm not a musician, that I'm a Usician, a Low Classicist, a booed usician, a Sound Thinker, etc. People often seem to agree that I'm not a musician because they hate the way I play so much & hate the way I break all sorts of unwritten laws about what makes 'good music'. In other words, they don't understand that I'm trying to make a point that I'm thinking about context & creatively exploring it. - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE note written on July 18, 2018E.V.
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